Homegrown Panzanella

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the macadamia nut banana crisp, but this weekend I indulged in the perfect summer meal and wanted to share it first!

Panzanella, also known as a “bread salad” is a colorful dish perfect for a Sunday lunch or dinner.  Hearty enough to stand on its own as a meal and adaptable enough to be added as an accompaniment, this dish is a true winner.  This dish is likely to become a summer staple in our household for one big reason: we bought almost nothing to make it!  A quick run to the grocery store to pick up a red onion and some balsamic vinegar, and we had everything we needed to enjoy this fresh and flavorful meal.  Ahhh, the joys of a home vegetable garden!  The cucumbers, tomatoes and basil all came from our garden and the bread was a leftover italian loaf from our favorite local baker, Companion.  Easy, inexpensive and extra delicious…

adapted from Chef Vito Racanelli of Onesto’s Panzanella Salad


3 cups of cubed italian loaf (stale is even better)

1 cucumber, seeded and sliced thin

3 cups of diced varietal tomatoes (we used cherry, pink ladies, early girls and an heirloom)

6 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Toss bread in 1/2 cup olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and let cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toss tomatoes, cucumber, basil, red onion, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup olive oil and balsamic vinegar together and let sit for 10 minutes.

Minutes before serving, add bread and toss all together.  Enjoy!


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